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Round 1 Topic: Cancer Risk From Alcohol

Rapid Surveys from the National Center for Health Statistics collect timely, relevant data on topics of public health importance. Surveys are conducted several times a year using probability-based commercial online panels. Each survey includes a unique set of questions about different public health topics. Data collection for Round 1 occurred during August 2023.

This page includes estimates in table format only. Estimates include the percentage of adults ages 18 and older who think drinking alcohol increases the risk of getting cancer.

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Table 1. Percentage of adults who think drinking alcoholic beverages increases the risk of getting cancer, by gender and race and Hispanic origin: United States, August 2023
Adults who think drinking alcohol increases cancer risk
Total Men Women
Percent (95% confidence interval)
Total 53.7 (52.2–55.1) 51.1 (49.1–53.2) 56.1 (54.1–58.1)
Hispanic 58.0 (54.3–61.7) 52.3 (46.6–58.0) 63.6 (58.5–68.5)
Asian only, non–Hispanic 71.5 (65.0–77.5) 68.0 (58.0–77.0) 74.9 (66.1–82.5)
Black or African American only, non–Hispanic 50.3 (46.0–54.5) 47.1 (40.5–53.6) 52.7 (46.8–58.5)
White only, non–Hispanic 51.2 (49.5–52.9) 49.7 (47.2–52.1) 52.8 (50.4–55.1)
Other single or multiple races, non–Hispanic 57.9 (49.5–66.1) 56.9 (44.0–69.1) 58.9 (47.1–70.1)

NOTES: All estimates shown meet the NCHS standards of reliability. See technical notes for more details.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, Rapid Surveys System, Round 1, August 2023.

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Data collected under the Rapid Surveys System are intended to complement and not replace the current household survey systems at NCHS, including the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The Rapid Surveys approach has a greater potential for coverage and nonresponse bias and smaller sample sizes, thus resulting in lower precision (especially for subgroups). The Rapid Surveys System is particularly well suited for time-sensitive data needs, measuring public health attitudes, developmental work to improve concept measurement, and methodological studies.

Data Source

Rapid Surveys System data are cross-sectional data based on commercial probability-sampled online survey panels that are supplemented, if necessary, with alternative modes to improve representativeness. Data were collected from 7,599 adult participants this cycle using two panels – AmeriSpeak (conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago) and KnowledgePanel (conducted by Ipsos). Estimates shown in this dashboard are based on data collected in Round 1 of Rapid Surveys, occurring during August 2023. All estimates shown meet the NCHS Data Presentation Standards for Proportions.

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Suggested Citation

NCHS Rapid Surveys Systems. Cancer Risk From Alcohol. National Center for Health Statistics. Available from: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/rss/round1/cancer-risks.html.